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2,500 returning to homes & businesses in Cedar Rapids today

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

"In 2008, we lost. This time, we won."

Those were the words of Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett this morning during a city news conference about flooding.

The Cedar River crested yesterday at about 22 feet, the second highest crest in the city's history behind 2008.

The water is now receding and the city says it should reach the 18-foot mark by tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Once that happens, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz says, "We'll breathe that great sigh of relief."

Today, the city is reducing the evacuation zone, allowing 2,500 people to return to their homes and businesses. About 6,000 had been asked to leave a few days ago.

The city says the temporary flood wall is doing a great job protecting the city. Crews have worked around the clock to make sure there are no failures of the system.

"We got skunked the first time around (2008).  It's now River 1, City 1. The score is now tied," said Mayor Corbett.

The news conference almost ended early after an outburst by a man in the crowd who raised concerns over the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl yesterday. The man was seen being escorted out by police.

KWWL will have more about the news conference tonight at 5 & 6.

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